Pianist Geri Allen & narrator Fr. Peter F. O'Brien S.J. celebrate Mary Lou Williams centennial with Aardvark Jazz Orchestra

May 09, 2010 08:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Boston College, Robsham Theatre, 140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, MA. MBTA: Green Line, B-Branch, Boston College Station. Parking nearby.

Admission: $20, $15 Advance Purchase (by April 30, 2010)
Box Office: 617-552-4002
Information: 617-776-8778

“Mary Lou Williams is perpetually contemporary. Her music retains a standard of quality that is timeless. She is like Soul on Soul.” (Duke Ellington)

The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra (music director Mark Harvey) will celebrate the centennial of American jazz great Mary Lou Williams (1910-1981) in a concert May 9, 2010 at 8:00 PM at Boston College (Robsham Theatre), Chestnut Hill, MA. The concert will feature internationally renowned pianist Geri Allen, a noted interpreter of the music of Mary Lou Williams, together with narrator Father Peter F. O’Brien, S.J., who was Mary Lou’s long-time friend and manager and now serves as Executive Director of the Mary Lou Williams Foundation. Joining the celebration will be two Boston College ensembles: BC bOp!, the jazz ensemble of Boston College (Sebastian Bonaiuto, Director) and the Mary Lou Williams Centennial Choir of Boston College (JoJo David, Director).

The May 9 concert is the only major Mary Lou Williams centennial tribute currently planned in New England.

Robsham Theater Arts Center, Boston College

Chestnut Hill MA 02467


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